Hello ChessMood family, hello champions and future champions!
Happy New Year and welcome to the "Best games of January" competition.
Under this post, we invite you to post your best games that you will play this month.
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The 1st prize - 150K
The 2nd prize - 100K
The 3rd prize- 50K
The 4th Prize- 30k
The 5th Prize- 20k
Good luck with your games and keep the Right Mood!
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Here are the winners of December:
1st- K H
2nd- Michael Larsen
3rd- Kourosh A
5th- Aayush Shirodkar
Hello ChessMood Family!
Now I'm adding model games in each section of our course, so you have a better understanding of the positions. Some of them, I'll also add in the book, that I'm writing now (later about that.)
Why did I write this post? :)
If you played nice and instructive games with our ChessMood openings - please post here.
I would be happy to add them as well.
The first course, where I'm going to add model games, gonna be the Scotch game. If you want to make a research in your games, start from the Scotch :)
Here you can find sparring partners.
You can write, for example,
"Hey guys, my name is Bob, I'm from the USA, my rating is 2000 I'm looking for a sparring partner."
Or even more specific like "I just finished the Caro-Kann course and I'm looking someone to play a friendly sparring games".
Hopefully, you'll find good friends too.
Hello champions and welcome to the ChessMood team!
We all are from different countries, different ages, have different professions... But one thing bounds us - the passion for chess.
Champions, we'll grow together and keep a warm relationship in our team.
Please tell a bit about yourself in this post.
Hey ChessMood Family!
Having spent the last few days wasting countless hours on 3|0 online blitz, I finally decided to quit my addiction and set myself a fun challenge instead!
I call it, the Daily Chess Match Challenge!
My plan is to play a new opponent every day for a whole month, and try learn something new from every match. The format will be four games of 5|3 blitz, plus a post-match analysis call to discuss the openings/resulting positions :)
So let me know by replying to the thread if you'd like to play together :D I'm looking for 2000+ rated opponents (my lichess rapid is 2404, @PonzianiMaster).
Also, if you're interested in taking up the challenge yourself, I can send you a copy of the calendar template I made! Just send me an email at [email protected], and I'll reply with the word doc!
In the wise words of GM Avetik, "Let's go!" :D
Do you like them? They seem to be no joke.
I've been reading Understanding Chess Endgames
This guy seems to interpret endgames tactically, maybe his style is like that. And Dvoretsky seems to have endorsed Nunn's books.
Dear Pro members,
While working on daily lesson material interesting question came to my mind.
Did everyone know in which situations bishops pair is stronger than the knight ones and why?
Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas, I will share my opinion once I hear from you.
I liked a lot our system against the london opening, but recently I played against 2 Fide masters and both played me Bd3 instead Be2 with the idea to push the pawn on e4 later. I don´t know how to react in this kind of situations.
Thanks for reading and I hope your kindly answer soon.
In the introduction video of the Bc4 section in the course "Sicilian Sidelines", Coach Gabuzyan mentioned that in one of the videos he would cover what we do against our own variation:
1. e4 c5
2. Nc3 Nc6
I was looking for the video but didn't find it. At first I thought it wasn't a big deal since nobody played it, but now people are playing it more often. Kindly show me where to find it.
Thank You ChessMood team for the wonderful courses and blogs. I am getting so much value out of them!
I was playing a strong player rated 2500 in chess.com and I played the Sicilian Rossolimo which was recommanded in the course. My opponent played the interesting a4 move and play two game which give me some trouble in this line.
The first game, he played a4 and I reply with a5 to stop the advancement of pawn. But he reply with an interesting maneuver Bd2 and Bc3, Na3 and Nc4 that put big pressure on my e5 pawn.
The second game, I tried to avoid playing e5 but he instead played e5 himself. I was not sure how should I continue the game. I tried to check what if I meet his a4 move with a5, but he has an interesting idea of Ra2 after Nf8 Bd2 Be6 and b3. Where he still prepare Bc3 to exchange my bishop on g7.
As an amateur competitive chess player, I would like a 500 pages book about “My Openings”. Not “Any Book”, but “My Book” with the moves I am going to play, and only the moves I am going to play.
The book is made of 100 fragment games, 50 with White and 50 with Black. The total number of lines is ~ 2,000 (i.e. average of 19 side variations per fragment game). Each game can be printed on 3 to 5 pages (average 4 pages), with 4 to 6 diagrams per game. The last 100 pages are for index games (games that mostly direct to other games). It feels like the right size from many angles.
This book should be customizable. What it means is that I should have the PGN source. It is super important because there are multiple reasons why I may prefer another move than the one recommended by a GM, by an engine, by your statistics, etc. Another reason why I may need the PGN is that I want to add my own notes, or I want to use it on chessable.com or with ChessBase’s opening trainer.
95% of the variations should have been played more than once by humans. A corollary is that the number of novelties (unless talked about in a chessmood.com class or in a book) should be as low as possible.
This is my dream openings book: only openings I play with notes, content-wise proportionally adjusted to moves frequencies (ChessBase Big Database 2020, chess.com Master’s database, Lichess 2200 and 2500 databases, my games database, video time on chessmood.com, number of games in books).
But whatever your level is, this book is a solid foundation, and the overall size makes sense:
Book can be read in 40 hours
Full run of variations on chessable in 20 hours
If you make flashcards out of the ~500 diagrams, you could go through all of them in 10 hours.
Chances are that even if you are ambitioning a higher level, let’s say 2400 FIDE, such a customizable book would still be a solid foundation because it still captures more of the important stuff. You can double the number of variations on the 50 most critical games and still have a manageable set of 3,000 variations.
Huge bias in favor of chessmood.com openings, but we welcome any reference. In the case of the Grand Prix, we welcome these references:
chessmood PRO videos
Databases, especially those that can be filtered for the 2200 FIDE level.
Stockfish 12 and Houdini 6
Starting Out the Sicilian Grand Prix book by Gawain Jones
The Modern Grand Prix Attack chessbase video by Lawrence Trent
The exercise involved in producing such content should be beneficial because it’s a chance to work with the material in a creative way. But on top of this, these 100 game fragments could be used like this:
1600 FIDE player: remember 80% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos once.
1800 FIDE player: remember 90% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos once.
2000 FIDE player: remember 95% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos 2x.
2200 FIDE player: remember 98% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos 3x. Explore further.
2400 FIDE player: remember 99% and watch GM Grigoryan’s videos 4x. Explore much further.
When I learn something, I live to have a story to follow. In this case, it’s the story of 100 games with a certain number of sidelines. I feel that it’s the right chunk size to digest.
Distribution of fragment games with White:
Distribution with White (Target 2200 FIDE database, Chessmood video time):
1... c5 16 (-4, +6)
1... e5 13 (+1, -7)
1... e6 5 (-1, =)
1... c6 4 (=, -1)
1... d5 3 (+1, =)
1... d6 3 (+1, =)
1... g6 2 (+1, =)
1... Nf6 2 (+1, +1) 1 1 1... Nc6 1 (=, =) 1 1
1... Nc6 1 (=, =)
Others 1 (=, +1)
You will realize that we are at most one off for all answers to 1. e4 except:
1… c5, 16 games (underestimated according to database frequencies, overestimated according to chessmood video time).
1… e5, 13 games (slightly overestimated according to database frequencies, underestimated according to chessmood video time).
Underestimating the share of 1… c5 is a deliberate choice. The idea is to reap off the benefits of selecting a side-line (Grand Prix) vs. a main line (e.g. 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 with the idea 3. d4). We can then “be generous” with sidelines. It is often very beneficial because splitting an opening in two (or more) is instructive and practical.
I am going to show you an example: “Index game for the Sicilian Grand Prix”. You will see the 16 diagrams that represent the Sicilian from a White perspective. If you somehow master these 16 positions, you have an awesome coverage of the Sicilian with White.
For those of you who are interested, I can show some of the foundational 100 games. It takes time (maybe 6 hours per game, hence 600 hours total for the entire project). It would be nice if this project would interest other people, because we could share the work.
Please let me know if there is any interest on your side.
GM Gabuzyan has added 3 more sections in his course "The Power of Bishop Pair." https://chessmood.com/course/Bishop-Pair-power
Also, on Saturday, instead of opening, we'll start the game from the following position.
Watching the course will be a nice preparation!
In the minor lines 8.f4 video you give 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6
5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Be2 O-O 8. f4 d6
9. O-O Qb6 10. Kh1 Nxe4 11. Nxc6 Qxe3?
11...Qxe3 is indeed kind of equal but after 12.Nxe7 white wins back the pawn and the position is unclear. 11...Qxc6! gives black a big advantage.
I'm wondering if people have the same experience I do - I go through periods of streaks and slumps and I can't really figure out why. Some of it is definitely my day-to-day mood (right mood right move!) but it's not all of it.
There are days when chess almost feels easy for me - my pieces all work together and everything flows seamlessly. But there are also days when I can't make the right move at all. As an example: last week over 3 days I won 4 games and lost 13 on lichess. But then, over the last 4 days I won 22, lost 7 and drew 4.
It's like night and day. I really think if I could figure out the root cause it would make a huge difference. Does this happen to anyone else? If so, have you been able to figure out the reason/ways to combat it?
Hello to the chess community,
I am Regis Warisse, author of chess exercise books.
My 4 digital books in PDF format of 1000 chess exercises: special mate in x moves are now available for free download, for free and legally :
4 exercise books to learn and refine chess tactics.
* 500 chess exercises: Special Mate in 1 move
* 1000 chess exercises: Special Mate in 2 moves
* 1000 chess exercises: Special Mate in 2 moves - Volume 2
* 1000 exercises and chess puzzles: Mate in 1, 2, 3 and 4 moves
A good way to progress for endgame and midgame capture.
Good exercises for everyone :)
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